Duminy wins toss, elects to bowl against India in deciding T20
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 25, 2018,
Feb 25, 2018, 4:41
South Africa's strategy to open the innings with David Miller didn't work out.
Indian Pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was declared the man of the series while Suresh Raina was the man of the match. While Duminy zoomed past fifty, his departure off Thakur nearly knocked the hometeam out of the game before Jonker and Behardien nearly pulled off a stunner. Rohit Sharma led the side.
Despite the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, who missed the game due to a back problem, the visitors posted 172-7 before holding their nerve with the ball in the closing stages. Raina continued to spearhead #India's attack on the Proteas and was aided by some poor bowling and fielding from the opposition as India finished the powerplay with 57/1 on the board.
But before he could hit full flow, he gifted a catch to Indian spinner Axar Patel at deep midwicket.
Shikha Pandey and Rumeli Dhar the took three wickets apiece as India bowled out South Africa for 112 in 18 overs. Bumrah sneaks the ball through Morris defence and disturbs the timber. Rohit Sharma replaced him as skipper. His knowledge and awareness of the game are so great that he helps the bowlers way too much with their line and length and makes things easier for them.
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Bhuvneshwar also snared Reeza Hendricks' wicket with a knuckle-ball and drew first blood for India.
Have India let it slip? . He scored 69 runs in 30 balls by hitting seven sixes and three fours. The wicket left the hosts with the uphill task of scoring 93 runs off the last seven overs at over 13 runs an over. Rookie South African pacer Junior Dala came up with an excellent performance in what was the second T20I of his fledgling career with figures of 3/35. It was a direct hit from the bowler as the batsman failed to reach the crease.
Jonker, who showed great promise during the innings and threatened to take the game away from India, got out in the last ball of the 20th over, making a quickfire 49 off 24 balls. Raina took the fight to the opposition, outscoring his in-form partner Shikhar Dhawan by a distance. Manish (Pandey) and (Suresh) Raina batted well and then Manish and MS (Dhoni) got us to 190 (188/4).